On the 24th. of February 1999, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland forwarded to the Embassy of Mexico in Ireland a "Diplomatic Note" in which it outlined the changes brought about in the authentication procedures for documents which have to be presented in countries other than those from where they originate.

Accordingly, The 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirements of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, signed on the 5th. of October 1961, came into effect in Ireland on the 9th. of March 1999.

This Convention signifies that, from the 9th. of March 1999, documents' signatures which have been witnessed by notaries, commissioners for oaths or solicitors in Ireland and have to be presented in other countries party to the said Convention, solely require to have an apostille stamped and signed by the following Irish Government Department:


Consular Section
Department of Foreign Affairs
69-71 St. Stephen’s Green
Dublin 2



From the 9th. of March 1999, signatures on documents from countries party to this Convention which are required for presentation in Ireland do not have to be legalized at Irish Embassies or Consulates.





The "apostille" of Mexican Public Documents must be done by the following Mexican authorities:

For public documents issued by federal entities

- If located in Mexico City, by the Dirección General de Gobierno de la Secretaria de Gobernación.

- If located in any other state of the Mexican Republic, by the state representatives of the Dirección General de Gobierno de la Secretaría de Gobernación.

For documents issued by the government of Mexico City by the “Dirección General Jurídica y de Estudios Legislativos del Departamento del Distrito Federal”.

For Documents issued by state governments, by the “Secretaría o Dirección General de Gobierno del Estado”.

The cited convention does not apply to the following documents: Those issued by diplomatic or consular authorities, Commercial or customs documents, Criminal documents